Sheriff Jerry L. Demings (D)
Graduate with honors, Jones High School, Orlando, FL; BS degree, finance, Florida State University, 1980; MBA, graduating Magna Cum Laude, listed in Who’s Who Among College Students, Orlando College (now Everest University), Orlando, FL, 1989; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, City College, 2002; Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Everest University; Honorary Doctorate of Law, Florida Technical College, 2013; Certificate of Completion, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, Harvard University JFK School of Government Law, July 2013; FBI National Academy, 194th Session; FBI National Executive Institute, 23rd Session.
Chief, Orlando Police Department, 1998-2002, retired after 21 years of service; Director of Public Safety, Orange County, 2002-2008; elected Sheriff of Orange County, 2008; re-elected 2012 and 2016.
Honors and Affiliations
Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver and Whitney M. Young Service Awards; Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award; steward, Saint Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church; executive board member: Central Florida Boy Scouts of America, Central Florida CrimeLine, Inc.; board member, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida; member: International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, Major County Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, FBI National Academy Associates; secretary, Board of Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association; president, Major County Sheriffs Foundation; appointed, FEMA National Advisory Council; appointed, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Task Force, Florida Supreme Court.